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By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Delaware County chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a free Family-to-Family Education program starting September 19th. This is a 12 week course specifically designed for caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, August 23, 2013

MUNCIE — The late Eileen Moore, advocate for all children, enjoyed community activities that gave families time to have fun together.

She saw these events — such as the annual Gresham Health and Fun Fair — as opportunities for families to relieve their stress and remember what they love about each other, building memories to fall back on when times got tough.

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, May 2, 2013

MUNCIE — Supporters of Meridian Health Services are still singing “Joy to the World” after the success of the agency’s annual Rialzo fundraiser.

During the fourth annual gala event, Meridian raised $85,000 from ticket sales, auction items and direct appeals for funds during the evening that featured Three Dog Night, more than double what the organization raised in 2012.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority announced the award of Low Income Housing Tax Credits for 20 developments at their board meeting this morning. Walnut Commons, a 44 unit supportive housing development in Muncie for those experiencing chronic homelessness, including Veterans, was on of the stellar projects funded.
By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

TWO BLACK LABS, ONE MINIATURE SCHNAUZER, AND A Labradoodle tugged at their leashes and dragged their owners one recent crisp winter afternoon. They ran. They played. They posed for pictures. Each are pedigreed, in tip-top shape. These are the puppies of Rialzo.

If it isn’t their lineage that makes these dogs special, it is their people, the ones who believe profoundly in Meridian Health Services. It’s their people who are Meridian devotees. Every year since 2010, Rialzo fans have been bidding on dogs and betting that they can make a difference. The payoff: Community-wide awareness regarding whole-person health.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

Imagine 5,000 children at hundreds of schools in 26 counties throughout the state who need help sorting out life’s challenges. These are elementary children, middle schoolers and high school teen-agers, and the issues they face run the gamut.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

TYLER HILL NEEDED A JOB, SO IN MANY ways his story was no different than that of any other young person looking for work.

Except Tyler Hill is deaf.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

WORKING WITH CHILDREN OF ABUSE IS MORE THAN just a job for Patty Covington, director of Meridian’s Child Advocacy Center. She herself was a victim of child sexual abuse.

“I am a survivor,” says the mother of three. “I went into foster care when I was 13. So that has kind of given me my passion. In my opinion, we’re all put here for a reason, and I really feel like this path is just part of my journey.”

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

DAVID EMEL COMES TO THE DROP-IN CENTER EVERY morning. Five days a week. He’s a regular.

He’s 53.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

Dr. Saber Bahrami is a remarkable man. Just ask anyone who knows him. Born in Afghanistan, his youth was spent in abject poverty. He was the only one of his mother’s children to survive infancy.

His widowed mother and her brother somehow orchestrated an education for Dr. Bahrami. Once in high school, he eagerly participated in a youth exchange program, spending a year in Missouri.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, March 11, 2013

MERIDIAN HEALTH SERVICES ADVOCATES “WHOLE person health” – that is, caring for all aspects of a patient’s well being. Physically, mentally, socially, Meridian seeks to integrate health care.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Francesca Maio, who prefers to be called Frankie.

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, January 17, 2013

MUNCIE — The time is now for the community to break the stigma often surrounding mental health, according to Bob Coles of Meridian Health Services.

On Jan. 23, Coles will be a part of the “Protecting our children” community forum, a time to openly discuss concerns regarding mental health in Delaware County.

After the shootings in Newtown last month, mental health professionals wanted to address mental health issues in a larger format — especially the faulty belief that people with these behavioral issues are prone to violence.

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

by David Fassler, M.D. -

Parents and teachers are faced with the challenge of discussing the recent tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut with young children. Although these may be difficult conversations, they are also important.

There are no "right" or "wrong" ways to talk with children about such traumatic events. However, here are some suggestions that may be helpful:

Create an open and supportive...

By Meridian Health Services on Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Free Webinar on Understanding Depression: How to Help Yourself or a Loved One.
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By Meridian Health Services on Sunday, October 7, 2012
For many of us, October is a time to focus on baseball. One in five Major League Baseball teams will be entering into the postseason having just won their division, and will captivate us on their quest to win the pennant. Approximately 20 million Americans will watch the World Series on television, and thousands more will spend an average of $500 to watch a game in person.

Fewer Americans are likely aware that the first full week of October is also Mental Illness Awareness week. Yet, mental illness is an issue that affects many more of us each year. In any given year, one in five Americans will experience a mental illness.
By Meridian Health Services on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 27, 2012

On a mildly hot Saturday afternoon in August, about 3,000 visitors gathered outside the Suzanne Gresham Center on Muncie’s west side for the fifth annual Fun Fair, held by Meridian Health Services.

All manner of bouncy castles, games, and even a dunk tank entertained the crowd as many of them took advantage of free health tests and services offered inside...

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, August 24, 2012

MUNCIE — Whether the focus is on health and wellness or on a fun day out of the house, the fair at the Suzanne Gresham Center is geared toward keeping children safe and happy.

For the fifth year, inflatable houses will line the center’s parking lot as children wait their turn to bounce from wall to wall, bumping into new friends and laughing along the way.

A pizza lunch will fill their bellies while parents learn about local programs that could broaden their children’s horizons.

And it’s all free.

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, August 24, 2012

Meridian Health Services’ Dr. Sarfraz Khan says timeless truths are just what the doctor ordered.

His grandfather was a scientist. He graduated from medical school and is a board-certified psychiatrist for Meridian Health Services. He has many cousins that are medical doctors. Two of his children may also become physicians. Yet the most important lessons and timeless truths for Dr. Sarfraz Khan didn’t come from higher education. They came from his mother during his formative years living in Pakistan. Be kind. Help people. Remember how important family is.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, August 13, 2012
Mary Grey Amy Neff

FosterHope, a division of Meridian Health Services, is one of the few foster programs in Indiana that specializes in the needs of children with behavioral issues. Meridian identifies and trains special families to provide therapeutic care with the hope of reuniting children with their families.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, June 11, 2012

MUNCIE -- A Chicago developer has picked a new location for Muncie's first "supportive housing" project, a proposed $7 million, 44-unit apartment building focused on preventing and ending homelessness.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, June 11, 2012

MUNCIE -- The annual Rialzo gala and fundraiser for Meridian Health Services isn't only about getting on the dance floor and jamming to the Pointer Sisters, Kool & the Gang or the Fifth Dimension.

It's also a time to celebrate the partnerships between the health agency and the East Central Indiana community.

By Meridian Health Services on Monday, June 11, 2012

MUNCIE -- There may be no such a thing as "the perfect mother," but Eileen Moore comes pretty close.

Kind yet firm, loving but not a pushover, always sharing a warm smile when discussing her children and the joys of motherhood, she is the epitome of a mother as nurturer.

By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, March 15, 2012

 "Meridian Health Services understands the powerful connection between the body and the mind and is creating a new holistic approach to health care. Treating the whole person rather than independent parts alone, is resulting in happier, healthier patients". - Hank Milius, Chief Executive Officier

By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On Thursday morning, the CEO of Meridian Health Services announced the Pointer Sisters would perform at Rialzo III, the black-tie fundraiser for the behavioral health agency's children's services program.



By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Meridian Health Services is proud to have two of the top ten finalists for the 2011 Person of the Year, Eileen Moore and Scott Smalstig.




By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

As a local health care system driven by community leaders, Meridian Services cares about and is committed to improving the lives of Central Indiana residents.




By Meridian Health Services on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Meridian Services is more than just Central Indiana’s premier provider of quality behavioral health services. It’s true that individuals with challenges can find expert and compassionate treatment at Meridian Services, but where Meridian really shines is in its dedication to a higher quality of care through the integration of health services.



By Meridian Health Services on Thursday, December 1, 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Christina (Tina) Drummond and Kimberly J. Canan for achieving the first ever Spirit of Meridian Awards!



By Meridian Health Services on Saturday, August 27, 2011

mainThere were lines to everything but no one seemed to mind Saturday at the fourth annual Gresham Center Fun Fair.

One of the longest lines was the one leading to the free child safety photo IDs provided by Life Touch Photo studio. “I had my baby and 2-year-old niece here earlier,” said Brandi Hileman, of Hartford City. “Then, I came back with my two nephews for this.”

Families received the free child ID, along with a free photo proof and instructions on how to order more. Charles Dent and Julia Baker were manning the booth for Life Touch...

By Meridian Health Services on Friday, August 26, 2011

Of all the challenges families face every day, few can be as lonely as those that involve depression or chronic behavioral problems. You’re afraid to talk about it. You think it’s your fault. You don’t even know where to turn for help.

That’s why Meridian Services organizes community outreach events like this weekend’s fourth annual “Fun Fair” in Muncie. For kids there will be lots of games, inflatables, face painting, basketball contests, dunk tank and prizes. For parents, it’s a chance to see the full range of services available at Meridian and to also meet with over 30 local organizations providing family, health and safety resources...

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